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Watch this webinar (FCCP Members Only) to learn more about important milestones before and during the 2020 Census, and ways your foundation can support “Get Out the Count” activities, including participation in state and local Complete Count Committees.

Funders will learn about:

  • Important decision-making points as the Census Bureau finalizes the 2020 census operational plan.
  • Key milestones in census preparations and implementation, including when the standards of collection of race and ethnicity data will be released, when local offices will open, and when address canvassing will begin.
  • What is already happening on the ground to ensure a fair and accurate census and how that informs your grantmaking timeline
  • How philanthropy can play a key role as a census partner and catalyst of statewide get-out-the-count activities
  • Effective ways philanthropy can influence the formation of effective and representative complete count committees at the state and local levels

Cosponsors: Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmaker Income Security Taskforce, Grantmakers in Health, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Northwest, United Philanthropy Forum

Moderated by Xiomara Corpeño, Groundswell Fund [bio]


Steven Choi, New York Immigrant Coalition [bio]

Terri Ann Lowenthal, Consultant to FCCP Funders Census Initiative [bio]

Bob Tracy, Minnesota Council of Foundation [bio]



Key Census 2020 Milestones


Key Takeaways:

The Census is the most comprehensive data set in the US and is key to advancing democracy, figuring out redistricting, and allocating government resources. This next census will face several unique issues that make it crucial for philanthropy to get actively involved.


Key Milestones:

Terri Ann Lowenthal, Consultant to FCCP Funders Census Initiative

  • Census 2020 planning has started and some funders are already piloting programs to support the implementation. For example, building address lists has already started and funders are supporting community-based canvassers that are working with local governments to build these.
  • Upcoming census milestones –
    • The Census “dress rehearsal”starts in early 2018 and the final census form questions will be finalized by April 1, 2018.
    • In 2019, the Bureau will start hiring address listers and census takers. At this time, early education targeting undercounted communities will also start up (these efforts are already behind schedule due to budget shortfalls).
  • All of these key milestones are opportunities for our funders to support the work in their communities and ensure an accurate count.


What groups on the ground are doing and planning:

Steven Choi, Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition

  • When thinking about Census funding, it has to be done from a multi-year civic engagement perspective (Census, redistricting, voter engagement, and representation). When we do that well, we see real gains and build a culture of civic engagement around each of these steps.
  • Groups on the ground will be advocating at the local, state, and federal level to ensure a well-run Census, building trust within their communities, helping with outreach to Get Out The Count, and helping to hire culturally and linguistically competent Census workers.


How philanthropy can play a key role in Census:

Melina Sanchez, The James Irvine Foundation

CA funders were heavily involved in Census 2010 planning and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) played a leadership role in coordinating funders on the Census and published a document called “CA Counts: A funders guide to the 2010 Census,” which was designed to make it easy for funders to talk about the Census with their board.

Lessons learned in 2010:

  • Real value in convening (at the state/regional level, regardless of the size of your state). Regular meeting of funders meant we worked together and were aligned. Helped us partner beyond philanthropy. Value of prioritizing regions.
  • Importance of data mapping. Providing local, real time data on response rates can help target gaps and set aside dollars for non-response phase. Also helps understand the value of staggering investing.

Funder  opportunities for 2020:

  • Organizing earlier than for 2010 census gives them opportunities to fund narrative, policy work, technology, and the subsequent needs that will arise
  • Focus on public/private partnerships means working together with Census regional offices to stay coordinated and leverage each others resources

How you can get your state’s Complete Count Committee started::

Bob Tracy, Minnesota Council of Foundation

  • Relationships are key! Connect with the person driving the work forward at the state level, regional and local offices, community partners, and regional grant making associations to make sure they are coordinating.
  • Think about the long game towards 2020 and know that there will be advocacy, convenings, technical prep, outreach, and many other phases to assist with.
  • Find out where your foundation can best fit in. Each of these phases require different strengths and abilities, find out what your state/region needs and how you can best support that.